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Radiohead Wrote a Song That Would Suit a Funeral? No Way!! by cweeks88

Radiohead in the studio
Radiohead in the studio

PREVIEW: Radiohead’s “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” MP3
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Radiohead’s newest recorded song “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” sounds like nothing else they have done before. Perhaps it’s the sweeping string section that sounds as if it belonged in a film score, or maybe it’s the unusually direct lyrics — which were actually taken verbatim from an interview with the last surviving World War I veteran, Harry Patch, whose recent death inspired the song. Either way, the song is beautiful yet mournful and an unsettling anti-war tune whose sound most resembles “Motion Picture Soundtrack,” the last track on Radiohead’s 2000 album, Kid A.

However, it remains to be seen whether this track is representative of their new album’s sound. Thom Yorke previewed a new song, “The Present Tense,” at Britain’s Latitude Festival last month, which sounds like a more mellow “Jigsaws Falling into Place.” So perhaps the band hasn’t totally gotten back on an experimental course (i.e. Kid A, Amnesiac).

The new song “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” is currently on sale on Radiohead’s waste.co.uk website for just one pound. It’s all for a good cause, since the proceeds go towards the British Legion. So to all the cheapskates who paid a penny for In Rainbows, you should definitely shell out for this one. It’s well worth the pound.

— Charlie Weeks

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3 Comments

This track is pretty good. They’ve been one of my faves for a long time now and I’m pretty eager to see where they go on their next record.

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